Ukrainian black metallers BALFOR will enter the Blacklight Studio in Kiev on February 19 to begin recording their next full-length album, entitled "Barbaric Blood". The CD will be mixed and mastered by Borge Finstad at Norway's Toproom Studio (MAYHEM, BORNAGAR, ARCTURUS, VINTERSORG, EXTOL, ULVER, TRISTANIA).
"Barbaric Blood" will be the follow-up to the 2006 "Pure Barbaric" mini-CD, which the band released for free download on a net label. Tracks from the mini-CD can be heard on the group's MySpace page.
This time the band will be looking for a label to release the album in the conventional way. BALFOR's founder, guitarist and vocalist Thorgeir commented: "Our previous releases had been conventional, but releasing the mini-CD on a net label served its purpose very well. We needed to get more exposure and get more people to listen to our music, and for that it was perfect. But we wouldn't want to go along that route for a full-length album. We still believe the traditional way is the best."
BALFOR, which plays what the bandmembers call "barbaric" black metal, will continue to explore the theme of its country's dark barbaric past, translating it into music that crosses the divides between black, death and "battle" metal. Thorgeir added, "I think you could say that up to now all our releases have shown certain musical influences, but the new album is pure BALFOR. We've come into our own with 'Barbaric Blood'. We are interested in the warrior history of our country and the unquenchable thirst for freedom that you find in oppressed peoples. ANY oppressed peoples. In our music we try to portray that long and bloody struggle, and it's our tribute to all those who waged that war against seemingly insurmountable odds: the ordinary people who suffered every kind of cruelty and indignity, and the warriors who gave their lives throughout the generations so that we could be free once more. It's a universal story, and we hope the new album will touch the warrior spirit in all of us."
Fan-filmed footage of BALFOR performing the song "In A Thunder Of Ancient Glory" can be viewed below.